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Absence & Holidays

Please inform the school of the reason for a child’s absence as soon as possible. We would be grateful if parents could contact us on the first day of absence before 9.30am. This contact can be by note, in person, or a telephone call where you can speak to the office staff or leave a message on the answer machine. As the safety of our pupils is paramount, you will be contacted if we have concerns about the whereabouts of your child.
The gates will open at 8:45am where children are welcomed onto the playground. The bell will ring at 8:55am so learning can promptly start at 9.00am. Pupils arriving after 9.10am will receive a late mark in the register.
In partnership with our feeder Infant schools, we firmly believe that there are links between attendance and attainment. Southdale Attendance Policy states that holidays taken in school time will NOT be authorised.
Leave for medical or dental appointments, music or dance exams is authorised where confirmation has been received by the school office, from the parent by note or telephone call.

The car park entrance (leading to the reception area) is for staff and visitors, including parents. This entrance must only be used by children under adult supervision. Children must enter and leave the school grounds by the right hand gate on Southdale Road which leads onto the playground.
The playground gates are opened at 8.45am and then at 3.20pm. In the interest of their safety and for insurance purposes, we would be very grateful if young children remain fully supervised on the school playground after school. Please show consideration to the residents of Southdale Road when parking cars at the beginning and end of school.